mainspring


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mainspring

the principal power spring of a mechanism, esp in a watch or clock
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The mainspring is vanity, assisted by the love of garlic and bread and butter.
Had that piquant gipsy face been at the bottom of the crime, or was it the baser mainspring of money?
I'll tell you, then," he said with heat, "I imagine the mainspring of all our actions is, after all, self-interest.
He believed almost with devoutness in the plot which he had detected for the spoliation of Lord Wetherby's summer-house, that plot of which he held Lord Dawlish to be the mainspring.
Perhaps this had Originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.
His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
Even if we set aside the internal inconsistencies in her use of mimesis from chapter to chapter - other theorists have, after all, been hoisted by mimesis' petard - it hardly seems likely that mimesis-as-referentiality (which seems to be her preferred understanding of the term) constitutes the mainspring of poetic representation.
When a revolver is cocked for single-action shooting, ost of the force required to get the trigger to break is nothing more than the pressure required to overcome the force exerted on the trigger by the trigger return results from the pressure of the mainspring holding the sear/hammer in engagement, but this is minimal.
Therefore he thinks the coarser checkering on the mainspring housing helps the shooter increase control of the gun.
Ewell joined IBM through the acquisition of Mainspring Corporation.
45 ACP, have stainless steel slides, frames and serrated mainspring housings.
The mainspring housing is checkered and the frontstrap is machined checkered at 20 LPI.